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|Board Certification: Geriatric Pharmacy|
Since 1969, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) has been educating pharmacy professionals on how to best address the unique medication needs of older adults. That’s nearly 50 years of geriatric pharmacotherapy expertise. ASCP uses that experience to provide training to pharmacists studying for the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) examination or obtaining recertification credits.
We are ready to help you be the best senior care pharmacist. Below is information on becoming a BCGP and recertifying.
In 1997, ASCP created the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (CCGP), a nonprofit corporation autonomous from ASCP, to develop and oversee the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential. In 2017, the credential moved to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), making the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) credential the second largest pharmacy specialty.
To learn more about the Board of Pharmacy Specialties’ BCGP certification, please visit www.bpsweb.org.
Board certification is recognized as the gold standard to determine which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels. Certification in geriatric pharmacy shows that a pharmacist understands the complex medication needs of older adults with multiple comorbidities and geriatric syndromes. Pharmacists with the BCGP credential have reported a number of benefits, including qualification for expanded scope of practice, salary increase, promotion, and new job opportunities. The BCGP credential is ideal for pharmacists who provide medication therapy management (MTM) services to older adults.
Infographic: Get on the Path to BCGP!
Becoming board certified is not as daunting as you might think. It all boils down to preparation for the 150-question* examination.
Follow the steps below to get on the path to BCGP:
See BPS’s Candidate Handbook for further information on testing policies, scheduling, scoring, and more.
*Starting in 2018, the examination will be increased to 175 questions.
Depending on your pharmacy background and study preference, ASCP offers a wide range of products to help you prepare for examination. Whether you prefer live programming and an in-person study atmosphere or online preparation, ASCP is your #1 resource!
Assess your knowledge gaps using our 150-question self-assessment exam. You can take the full assessment to practice sitting for the actual exam or work through specific topics.
Utilize our extensive library of BCGP exam preparatory courses. Courses range from general topics, such as the Biology of Aging and Monitoring Pharmacotherapy in Older Adults, to specific diseases and treatments, such as Antithrombotics and Cardiovascular Update—ALL focused on the elderly patient.
Do you learn better from live interaction with other pharmacists and subject matter experts? Attend one of our intensive, 2-day workshops to work through patient cases and apply geriatric pharmacy principles.
BCGP credentialed pharmacists must accrue 100 recertification credits every 7 years. ASCP offers more than 45 BCGP recertification credits every year to keep you on the right path. Each activity centers solely on medically complex older adults and highlights important concepts in addressing the unique medication needs of geriatric patients.
Infographic: Tips for Maintaining Your BCGP Credential
Earn 1.5 BCGP recertification credits every month from the comfort of your home or office. Answer interactive polls and submit questions to our subject matter experts.
Can’t make it for the live webinar? No problem. All BCGP webinar recordings are posted as an on-demand course the month after they occur.
Come spend the weekend with over 1,000 other geriatric pharmacists and leaders in senior care pharmacy. Earn 12 BCGP recertification credits through attendance and post-test assessment. Want to attend a conflicting session? Purchase our FLEX Plan to attend other sessions and access recordings of the BCGP recertification courses when you return home.
Need a refresher in geriatric principles and clinical updates? ASCP offers 17 hours of BCGP recertification credits at our 2-day, intensive workshop.